IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What is your music background?
RIDGE LONG: I grew up around hip-hop music and I always had a love for it. I started writing at a young age and just kept running with it.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Why do you want to record and release your own music?
RIDGE LONG: I love music, it’s my passion. Some kids go to school and work hard because they wanted to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher, or whatever. I actually went to school, and I sat in the back writing raps all day because music is the only thing I have ever wanted to pursue.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your songs about?
RIDGE LONG: My songs are about everything. They are all real, life-based songs that I can relate to and others can relate to as well. I have songs about struggling. I have motivational songs, songs you’d play for your girl, songs you’d play for a stripper, party songs, chill songs you sit and smoke to and much much more.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who is your fan base directed towards?
RIDGE LONG: I would say mostly people ages 16-30, but hopefully when people older than that hear my music they will become huge fans too. I want fans to appreciate my music and lyricism.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: Who are your musical influences?
RIDGE LONG: A little bit of everything. I listen to all genres. From hip-hop I would have to say Nas, Big L, Biggie and Pac of course. I also am influenced by Mos Def, Jay-Z, DMX, Eminem, and Outkast just to name a few, but the list goes on.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How would you describe your music to people?
RIDGE LONG: Good music that I put my all into. It’s quality music with good lyrics and a meaning opposed to how most rappers nowadays. Most artists rap about the same stuff constantly.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What makes you stand out from other artists?
RIDGE LONG: My lyrical ability, my flow, my hard work, my ability to see my flaws and improve them, and my versatility. I write to all types of beats from hip-hop to rock to techno.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are some upcoming projects you are currently working on?
RIDGE LONG: I am working on dropping my first mixtape now. I have the songs and everything. I just need to get artwork and figure out how to promote it and advertise it correctly. It will be dropped in September sometime so stay tuned.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: What are your career goals? Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
RIDGE LONG: My goal is to come out of all this life successful in the music industry and to be able to make a living off of what I love to do. In 10 years I see myself on tour, on stage in front of thousands and thousands of people.
IAA INDUSTRY NEWS: How can your fans access your music and contact you?
RIDGE LONG: If you would like to stay in contact with me you can hit me on twitter and Instagram @RidgeAspen also check for my music at www.youtube.com/YungRL21 and www.soundcloud.com/ridge-long also like my facebook page www.facebook.com/RidgeLong